Dee Pain from Hanoi, Vietnam wants to mass produce the hidden blades from Assassin's Creed. Yes, a guy wants to make it easily available for people to have a concealed device that pops a knife out at the wrist, just like in Ubisoft's popular open-world action title.
Dee Pain makes a compelling case over on his IndieGoGo page about wanting to make high-quality, hidden blades that people can take with them wherever they go... hidden blades... wherever they go. According to Dee...
“I graduated Keuka college last year. Now I'm working for a mechanical design company in Vietnam, the new technology here is expensive, I can not follow my project with this case.
Couple of things here: First, I thought this was a troll page. I went to Dee's YouTube channel to see if he's legit and has actually made these devices and it turns out that yes, Dee Pain is legit. You can see his video below featuring the Assassin's Creed Phantom Blade.
The kid has skills.
But continuing on with my previous points: Second, after realizing that this was not a troll attempt, the startling reality kicked in that this kid wants to sell hidden blades to people. They're awesome, I know, and he's talented, I know, but selling hidden blades? Even if some of them are only wooden it just feels like a step too close to the edge, especially in today's environment.
I can only imagine what would happen if some high-school kid got his hands on one of these and stabbed a bully or something. It wouldn't be a story about a disturbed kid attacking a bully, it would be a story about a famed video game weapon from a famed video game series being used to incite violence. What makes it worse is that it's not even that far fetched an idea.
Still, this is not to say that I don't think that Dee Pain's devices are cool, because I do believe that they are awesome. However, opposite of Iron Man's laser gauntlet, the hidden blades are pretty easy to use in a dangerous scenario.
If you still want to see these hidden blades become a reality for the sake of cosplaying or just as a collector's item, you can support Dee Pain in purchasing a better 3D printer for testing purposes by visiting the official IndieGoGo page.